Amazon Considering Renewal of Colorado Associates Program

I was furious when Colorado’s idiot legislators imposed the so-called “Amazon tax” in 2010, forcing the company to drop the Associates program for all Colorado residents. The basic problem is that the Associates program, which incentivizes people to link to Amazon products by paying out a percentage of the resulting sales, arguably created a “nexus” that expanded the state’s power to impose tax-collection obligations on out-of-state companies.

Now that a district court has tossed Colorado’s “Amazon Tax,” what does that mean for the Associates program? I just received the following correspondence from Amazon: “Thank you for contacting us regarding rejoining the Associates program. At this point, we’re evaluating the decision from the United States District Court for the District of Colorado. We’d welcome the opportunity to re-open our Associates Program to Colorado residents. We’ll contact you if we are able to re-open the program in the future.”

Hopefully, the Associates program will again become available. Now will the legislature kindly leave us the hell alone to earn money?

5 thoughts on “Amazon Considering Renewal of Colorado Associates Program”

  1. My guess is that Amazon will wait until Colorado exhausts the appeals process. Hopefully Colorado will not appeal, but there is a clock that will have to run out (60 days?) if the state decides not to appeal.

  2. The orginal law was such a short-sighted and ill=conceived bill (but then I guess we really shouldn’t expect anything less from most of our elected officials)..

    I’m with Lisa.. Eagerly awaiting any news. Having not been an affiliate in the past, I am referred to the performance marketing association website for updates when I call Amazon to inquire about any news – which isn’t very helpful at all.

  3. Recently moved to CO and today was applying to be an Amazon Associate. Was surprised to see a message that residents of CO aren’t eligible (along with Arkansas, Connecticut, Illinois, North Carolina and Rhode Island). So I guess that means it hasn’t been reversed yet.

  4. Checked with Amazon again today…
    Their response remains “At this point, we’re evaluating the decision from the United States District Court for the District of Colorado. We’d welcome the opportunity to re-open our Associates Program to Colorado residents. We’ll contact you if we are able to re-open the program in the future.”
    Former Colorado affiliates and those who wish to become affiliates should continue to pressure Amazon to reopen the program here asap. The law has been stricken down, but is still preventing affiliates from conducting business in Colorado.

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